Obama calls PM Modi, thanks for strengthening Indo-US ties

The two leaders have met each other eight times during the past years after meeting for the first time at the White House in September 2014t times during the past three years

Obama calls PM Modi, thanks for strengthening Indo-US ties

Outgoing US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to express his gratitude for strengthening the relations between India and the US, the White House has said.

Obama reportedly telephoned Modi to thank him for his partnership and to review joint efforts of cooperation between the countries.

A readout of the telephonic conversation said Obama reviewed efforts taken in the field of defence, civil-nuclear energy, and enhanced people-to-people ties, among others, PTI reported.


"Recalling his visit as the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations in 2015, President Obama wished the Prime Minister warm congratulations ahead of India's upcoming 68th Republic Day anniversary," the White House said.

“Both leaders discussed the progress they have made on shared economic and security priorities, including recognition of India as a major defence partner of the United States and addressing the global challenge of climate change,” it added.

The two leaders have met each other eight times during the past years after meeting for the first time at the White House in September 2014.  Moreover, Barack Obama was one of the first leaders to congratulate Modi after his electoral victory in May 2014 and immediately invited him to visit the US.

Meanwhile, Obama firmly defended his to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning in his final White House news conference, saying that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a “tough prison sentence” already, Associate press reported.

Obama justified his decision saying that Manning had gone to trial, taken responsibility for her crime and received a sentence that was harsher than other leakers have received.

“The notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital, classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served,” Obama was quted by the news agency as saying.